Staff


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Gabriella Huggins, Executive Director (she/her)

Gabriella Huggins is a multi-media arts practitioner and student of social work from Salt Lake City, Utah—ancestral Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute territory. For more than a decade, she has served as a community organizer, youth mentor, and teaching artist with a number of local nonprofits and city agencies, including Spy Hop and Youth City. Her work has been recognized by Salt Lake City Zoo, Arts and Parks and in local and nationally respected publications. A skilled facilitator and forward-thinking advocate, socio-political equity and justice motivates her personal and professional aspirations. She is excited to join the Art Access team in the mission of creating a diverse and inclusive arts community through centering the experience of people living with disabilities, as well as the experiences of other marginalized folks in the state. In her free time, Gabriella can be found walking her dog and listening to podcasts, sharing meals and beers with her husband and friends, and sewing dresses with pockets.


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Kerry Carlson, Assistant Director (she/her)

Kerry loves supporting Art Access by managing the Partners program, assisting Shandra with Breaking Barriers and wrangling the 300 Plates fundraiser with Erin. Her past work with a variety of arts, disability and civic engagement organizations informs her appreciation for what Art Access is accomplishing to increase accessibility in the arts. She also has years of experience in communications and marketing and strong project management skills. Originally from North Carolina, she has lived in Utah since 1999. She and her family are loving their new Covid dog.


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Erin Call, Finance Director (she/her)

Erin previously worked as the controller at the Salt Lake Art Center and is amply qualified to manage the fiscal aspects of our organization. Erin attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and majored in fine arts with an emphasis in painting. In addition, she has over 20 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries. Erin has lived along the Wasatch Front her entire life, currently residing in downtown Salt Lake City with her husband and daughter. She loves the arts in general and has a particular fondness for the visual arts.


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Max Barnewitz, Program Manager (they/them)

Max is passionate about art, education, and community organizing. Over the past several years, Max has applied their leadership skills to organizing local multidisciplinary arts festivals and elevating the voices of underrepresented artists in Utah. Max's career has focused on community outreach and education, with an emphasis in social equity and environmental sustainability. Max is thrilled to join Art Access's team as a program manager, and support the organization's vital work to build a more accessible arts community. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in comics, Max spends as much time as possible reading graphic novels, cooking adventurous meals with their partner, and hiking with their dog.


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Cara Jean Hall, Communications and Digital Marketing Manager (she/her)

Cara Jean loves art, people, has a passion for art and civic engagement, and a desire to celebrate and understand the human experience which is reflected in her personal studio work and professional work. She spent the first 15 years of her adult life raising four children, received her BA from the University of Houston, and now resides in Millcreek where she plans on staying for the rest of her life!  Her first experience with Art Access was when they displayed her painting series Grip: Conversational Portraits on Mental Health.  Since then she has participated in 300 Plates multiple times and is now thrilled to be on the team as the Communications and Digital Marketing Manager.